Your daughter’s fiesta de quince años is a momentous occasion for your entire family, and chances are, you’ve been waiting for this day since the day you first held her. So naturally, you’re probably anxious to get it right for your daughter. Here are the mistakes to avoid when planning your daughter’s quinceañera.
Being Unrealistic About the Budget
You want to make sure your daughter has the best day possible. That’s why so many families end up spending thousands of dollars on the event.
While it’s hard to avoid dropping a lot of money on the event, it’s important to be realistic about how much money you can spend. Otherwise, the big day will become more stressful than celebratory. Be upfront with your daughter about how much you can spend on each part of the event. That way, you can choose an option that fits within the budget.
When creating your budget, decide what parts of the party you want to spend more money on and look for ways to cut costs on other parts. For example, you may want to rent the latest tuxedo styles for your chambelanes or allocate more money for the gown.
Not Letting the Venue Guide the Planning Process
When we’re thinking about a quince, our first thoughts usually go to the dress, food, and entertainment. But all these factors will change depending on where you hold the party. You wouldn’t want a casual dress in a ballroom or rent a space that’s so small that it can’t fit your guests and the band you hired.
The easiest way to avoid this is to choose the venue first and let it inform the rest of your choices. Beyond that, your venue may have additional resources available to you, like catering.
Neglecting To Practice Before the Big Day
Your daughter and her Corte de Honor will be hard at work practicing their dances. But just because you don’t have a routine to do doesn’t mean you’re off the hook for practicing. And we don’t mean your dancing (though that might be a good idea, too).
During the celebration, you’ll have to give a toast, thanking the crowd and—more importantly—expressing your love for your daughter. It’s easy to think you can wing it, but this will be one of the more emotional moments of the evening. Deciding what you want to say before you arrive will ensure you don’t freeze up at the big moment.
Forgetting the Point
Of all the mistakes you want to avoid when planning your daughter’s quinceañera, this is the biggest. As important as the dances and the food are, the point is to celebrate your daughter’s accomplishments and progress. If you find yourself getting too stressed about the details, it helps to stop and remind yourself of that.